KIKUUBE, UGANDA: Kikuube parents have been urged to welcome the Polio door-to-door vaccination campaign that is slated to kick off on Friday this week.
The door-to-door Polio vaccination campaign is a nationwide project introduced by the government of Uganda through the ministry of health to curb polio infection among children in Uganda who are five years and below to help them from being lame and will last for three days.
Dr. Gerald Asaba the Kikuube District Health Officer says the district is set to launch the door-to-door Polio vaccination campaign and parents should not hide their children from VHTs during the campaign.
“We have received 96500 doses to help us in this campaign and we are vaccinating children with 5 years and below, our target is to vaccinate at least 700000 children in three days, these vaccines are good so we are urging parents and guardians to welcome the campaign”. Dr. Asaba said.
Dr. Asaba said that the health workers will also visit schools to cater for the children who will be at school.
The Ministry of Health in August last year confirmed a new polio outbreak in the country. These polioviruses were established on July 21 from two samples collected on June 1 from the sewage plants of Bugolobi and Lubigi in Kampala.
The last indigenous wild polio virus in the country, according to the statement, was identified in 1997, and the country was certified free of all polio viruses in 2006. However, the country continues to be under threat of importation of all forms of the polio virus as was the case in 2009 and 2020 in the districts of Bugiri and Mayuge, leading to repeated 23 cycles of immunization days for polio vaccinations.